Oct. 24, 2023
Water bodies not subject to external forces remain calm and level. This is true of a lake or mud puddle; however, when impacted by forces such as wind, the normally quiescent waters become rough...

Oct. 17, 2023
This was a banner year for johnsongrass in many regions. Most everyone has an opinion about johnsongrass, and those opinions span the spectrum of deep hatred to “wish I had more of it.”...

Oct. 10, 2023
Weather always seems to play the protagonist in forage production systems, regardless of the time of year. During fall, a situation that seems to be occurring with rising frequency is dry weather duri...

Oct. 3, 2023
The calendar has flipped to October, and I’m sure a lot of farmers have already mothballed their hay equipment. I also know there are plenty of farmers who are at least thinking about an extra cutti...

Sept. 27, 2023
AGCO Corporation will introduce the new Hesston by Massey Ferguson 1 Series round baler at this year’s Farm Progress Show beginning on August 29 in Decatur, Ill...

Sept. 19, 2023
To juice up the field day agenda I was attending, the organizers planned a round bale guessing game contest. One bale looked pretty normal while another was slumping worse than the Oakland Athle...

Sept. 19, 2023
The temperature was approaching zero, and the January wind howled from the west across the bare Iowa cropland. There I was, facing west, with camera in hand and ready for the cows to be let out to get...

Sept. 12, 2023
Really dry or really wet — it doesn’t matter because both conditions can be lethal to new spring alfalfa seedings. Depending on where you hang your hat, weather extremes on either end of the spect...

Sept. 6, 2023
The hills of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region were masked in a smoky haze from wildfires burning much farther north. Earlier that morning, it had rained. It wasn’t the best of hay drying days. Even so, by late morning, Ray called and said it was a “go.”...

Sept. 5, 2023
In his book, “Fundamentals of Weed Science,” author Robert Zimdahl relates a story about British General John B. Burgoyne. The British had planned to divide the states along the Hudson River. Burg...